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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Z1 Compact Resource Thread -|-Rooting-BL Unlocking-Firmware & More...

In this thread you will find all you need to to get started in modifying your Z1 Compact. If you're new to Sony XPERIA I recommend giving this guide a read - [GUIDE] All Things XPERIA - Debranding - Rooting & More..., it was wrote Pre Jelly Bean but a lot of the principles still apply such as using the Flashtool, installing Custom ROMs etc

Originally Posted by DooMLoRD
[ various bootmodes ]

newest Sony devices have three boot modes... these bootmodes can be reached when device is powered off...
  • Normal - just press power button and device starts booting
  • Flashmode - this mode is used to flash stock OFFICIAL firmware using flashtool, denoted by GREEN LED (this is similar to DOWNLOAD/ODIN mode of the Samsung devices)
  • Fastboot mode - this is a special mode, denoted by BLUE LED, used when we want to flash custom kernel, custom system images, for that we need to unlock bootloader, i will tell more details about this later...

[ various key combinations ]

this is most important part...

known key combinations so far:

while device is power OFF

Volume Up + USB cable connected to PC -> FASTBOOT MODE (BLUE LED will light up)

Volume Down + USB cable connected to PC -> FLASHMODE (GREEN LED will light up)

while device is power ON

Volume Up + POWER (for 10 seconds) -> resets the battery, its like removing the battery and putting it back in [device will vibrate once]

Volume Up + POWER (for additional 5 seconds, total 15 seconds) -> will power off hard, device will power down [device will vibrate thrice]

  • FLASHING & RESTORING (How To Flash Stock Rom On Sony Xperia Z/ZL)

[GUIDE] Back up DRM Keys & unlock Bootloader (Noob proof)
[Tutorial] Xperia Z1 Bootloader Unlocking/Relocking (The Z1 Compact uses the same method)

Originally Posted by shem2409
Here is a video that will answer the basic questions about rooting and unlocking your Xperia Z1 Compact
(Sony Xperia - most commonly asked questions (root, bootloader, simlock etc)

Timeline of the video:
  • 00:10 What does rooting mean?
  • 00:39 Will rooting void my warranty?
  • 01:07 Can I flash custom ROMs after rooting?
  • 01:46 How to unlock the bootloader? (
  • 02:22 In configuration my phone says: bootloader unlock allowed: NO is there a way around?
  • 02:47 Will you loose warranty by unlocking the bootloader?
  • 02:54 Will I loose X-Reality engine and is there a possibility to bootloader lock my device? (TA partition backup: ) video
  • 03:24 SIMLOCK after rooting
  • 03:45 FTF file format what is it?
  • 04:04 What is flashtool? (
  • 04:26 How to connect device in flashmode?
  • 04:37 How to connect device in fastboot mode?
  • 04:46 Do I need to be rooted to use flashtool?
  • 05:12 My device is not recognized in Flashtool?

Root and Dual Recovery for Locked Bootloader 4.3
[D550X] CWM-Based Recovery + ROOT for Xperia Z1 Compact

D5503_14.3.A.0.681_Generic for devices with locked or unlocked bootloaders (booth working)

FTF file Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware 14.3.A.0.681
[STOCK ROM] [FTF] 14.3.A.0.681 Generic UK (unbranded)
[STOCK ROM][FTF]Xperia Z1c (D5503) 14.3.A.0.681 Generic DE unbranded (1279-6978)

Jelly Bean:

Cyanogenmod (Official):


Open source archive for build 14.2.A.1.114
[REPAIR HARD BRICK] Test Point For Xperia Z1 Compact
[TUTORIAL] How to integrate recovery into your custom rom
[GUIDE]How to make a rooted flashable rom from ftf file[FOR ALL XPERIA PHONES]
[NOOBS GUIDE] Create your own stock firmware FTF & Flashtool flashing guide[+ pics]
[GUIDE] Download ANY firmware customization from Sony & create an FTF with Flashtool

[MOD][GUIDE]SUPERUSER MOD for all devices
[Patch] for Z1 stock based custom ROMs to work on Z1 Compact

[Deodex] 14.2.A.1.114
Check your Z1c's display manufacturer

[PORT] [JB][KK] Xperia Z2 Smart Social Camera Addons
[FIX][ROOT] Disable Fast dormancy on sony smarthphones
Comprehensive Guide for Beginners to Create 4.3 Xperia Themes

Special Thanks to all the Guys at xdadevelopers who made this possible !
Enjoy !


Your warranty is now void.

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